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June 24, 2021

“Asia’s Challenge 2030” Global Essay Competition: A Compendium of Award-winning Essays

The “Asia’s Challenge 2030” Global Essay Competition challenged students across the world to answer the question: How would you address some of the most important issues in Asia in the coming decade? Participants were asked to tackle a problem in one of three categories: Economy, Trade, and Finance; Environment and Public Health; and Cities and

January 15, 2021

Extraordinary Endeavors in Turbulent Times: Asian Innovation, Inclusion, and Impact during COVID-19

The year 2020 will be remembered for the turbulence caused when a pandemic swept through the world, fundamentally changing people’s way of life, presenting unprecedented challenges to governments worldwide, and forcing businesses to reflect and adapt in order to survive. With this in mind, the Asia Business Council and the Tanoto Center for Asian Family

April 24, 2021

China’s Central Bank, Known As The ‘Central Mother,’ Calls For Relaxing Restrictions On Family Size

Chinese policy makers are increasingly worried that the country’s rise could be stymied by the same demographic factors that bedevil Japan, which has become the poster child for an aging society.

April 15, 2021

SK Innovation Is In The Driver’s Seat After EV Battery Settlement With LG Chem

The EV battery industry is growing quickly, and it’s about to get a powerful new player in the form of South Korea’s SK Innovation.

June 23, 2021

Private Money for the Public Good – Unlocking Private Equity for Asia’s Sustainable Finance

Chloris Jiaqi Kang, from the National University of Singapore, writes that addressing key challenges facing sustainable financing in private equity can help channel more private money for the public good in Asia. Given their unique combination of risk capital and operational expertise, private equity funds are well positioned to use equity to create the best

June 23, 2021

Asian Central Bank Mandates: What about Equality?

Henry Michael Mayhew, of University College London, argues that Asian central banks should incorporate equality considerations into their mandates. The rise of unconventional monetary policy has had outsized distributive effects, and with a growing body of research showing that inequality impacts economic stability, targeting a more balanced distribution of wealth can be seen as a

June 23, 2021

The Three Pillar Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Responsible Financing: Addressing Asia’s Challenges in the “Decade of Action”

Krati Gupta, from the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in India, makes the case for a greater role for Asia in global initiatives aimed at addressing responsible finance. The pandemic has brought the importance of environment, social, and governance (ESG) considerations to the fore, yet ESG investing in Asia trails behind other regions. The

February 22, 2021

How To Charge Your Portfolio With Chinese EV Disruptors Like Nio, Xpeng and Li

Following an announcement by China that it would phase out sales of new internal combustion engine cars by 2035, the promise of fast growth in electric vehicles and batteries has sent stocks soaring.

January 19, 2021

As Covid-19 crisis shows, sovereign wealth funds have a role that goes beyond providing money

Singapore’s Temasek is one of several government funds to go beyond their traditional mandate and fight the pandemic, not just by investing in the search for a vaccine, but also by supporting the production of medical goods As Hong Kong prepares to launch its own Growth Portfolio, it needs to consider if there’s a larger

October 28, 2020

Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Asian Businesses Respond to COVID-19

By almost any measure, the response to COVID-19 in much of Asia, East Asia in particular, has been among the world’s most effective. Measured by the absolute number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, or cases and deaths per 100,000 people, Asia has been more successful than the United States and most countries in Europe in